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Martin Popoff’s new book – Who Invented Heavy Metal?

May 2nd, 2015
Martin Popoff - "Who invented heavy metal?"

Martin Popoff – “Who invented heavy metal?”

Metal’s finest author, Martin Popoff, has a new book out that examines the age old question “Who invented heavy metal?”  Martin says:

“Folks, this was a monster undertaking, comprising quotes from 126 different speakers (mostly the metal-makers themselves), many of them interviewed multiple times, blasted at you with much of my own contextualizing over 120,000 words of oral history, strict and detailed timeline, obsessive philosophizing, punctuated by more than 250 graphics. This book arose from years of debating this question with people, as well as talks I’ve given on the topic at university conferences (the below text is derived from the Finland program). I’ve endeavored to include everything related to the story, the result being a massive arrangement of all the salient arguments, in a weighty tome that ends in 1971!”

It’s one of the great debates in headbanged musicology and the answer is as complicated as it is hotly contested. Martin Popoff’s Who Invented Heavy Metal? provides the most detailed, well argued, reasonable, ridiculously complete, and most lively and readable telling of the early history of heavy metal yet, arming the argumentative headbanger with all the facts and figures one needs on hand to win those bar room bets around this provocative question.

Ultimately, Who Invented Heavy Metal? aims to be a book that doesn’t limit itself to fans of heavy metal, given the genre’s unarguable cultural value and pervasiveness, as well as the wide umbrella of topics discussed within the volume. Put another way, it is the author’s wish that the book provides wide instructional scope of teachable moments through unfolding, subconscious, telling by osmosis of the very history of heavy metal’s origins through events inside the genre but, surprisingly, many events outside of its own kerranging reverberations.

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Win a copy of “HAIR METAL”!

August 13th, 2014
Hair Metal

Hair Metal

Here’s your chance to win a copy of this huge coffee table book “The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade” by Martin Popoff.

Details on the book are below, but if you’re just anxious to enter the contest, here’s the entry form…but first, some simple rules. The contest is only open to residents of Canada and the USA.  One entry per person.

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Martin Popoff’s New Book, Sweating Bullets: The Deth And Rebirth Of MEGADETH Shipping Now!

May 20th, 2014

Martin Popoff here, with what is, at 152,180 words, the fattest, heaviest, most harrowing rock biog I’ve ever done. Indeed, it’s a monster, and it’s called…

Sweating Bullets: The Deth And Rebirth Of Megadeth

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Guys, back cover text below, but just a few opening words. This was going to be two separate books, but at the last minute, I just rolled a fattie.

Basically, it’s the story in detail of ever accursed Megadeth opus, featuring a ton of fresh interview footage, my usual track-by-track analysis, talk of all the tours, the hirings, the firings, the chemicals, but mostly the metal.

It’s 340 pages and more text than usual (but still lot of pictures), in my usual style, namely live shots mixed with all manner of memorabilia.

It’s a tiny bit more expensive because of increased layout and printing and costs, more postage at this weight, plus the months and months of writing that almost killed me. I actually started this thing almost two years ago and it’s got stuff from 32 of my own interviews plus the usual smattering of archival. It’s an epic, and I’m sure even the most dedicated Mega-fan will learn a bunch of stuff. Seriously, it’s the material of two standard books for sorta $4 more than one. And as the back sez:

My Darkest Hour…

Megadeth’s run of thrash classics from the mid ‘80s and up through the ‘90s continue to be celebrated in the metal community long after Dave Mustaine’s band mates have been discarded to the sands of time—save one, Dave “Jr.” Ellefson.

Along the way, there’s Mustaine’s pathology with his ex-friends in Metallica but also a helluva lot of killer metal, as the band works its way up through Peace Sells and So Far, through to the pair of superlative American metal classics, namely Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction.

Later came Cryptic Writings and Risk, which threatened to kill the band dead. And yet… the reconstitution of Megadeth after their demoralizing decline and then deflating dispersal at the destructive hand of its leader Dave Mustaine is a story not told ‘til now. But it is a tale worth telling for many reasons, perhaps starting with: a) its instructiveness on how to rebuild and maintain a career in metal and b) the revelations of so much good music to be discovered by metal fans the world over. Quite simply, the recent half of the Megadeth story, spanning the records The World Needs A Hero through Super Collider, includes some of the best and heaviest Megadeth music ever committed to shiny silver, with this author’s personal favourites arriving all over the Endgame album of 2009 and the Thirteen album of 2013.

Come celebrate Mustaine’s vision, track-by-track, as Martin applies his tried and tested methodology to a head-crunching canon of work that is truly as strong at the recent end of the spectrum as it is with the classics you all know and love.

Prices for Sweating Bullets including shipping:
US orders: $39.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $48.00 Cdn. funds
Canadian orders: $42.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!) for overseas, or for US and Canada, any three or even four books at once.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, the Megadeth won’t be there for another week or so, BUT YES, THEY ARE IN MY OFFICE READY TO SHIP).

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Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records By Martin Popoff Released

March 21st, 2014

Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records

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Taking cue from the do-it-yourself attitude of their country’s punk movement, Britain’s up-and-coming heavy metal bands that comprised the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) were not content to wait for record labels to come knocking. Instead, they took to issuing their own music, typically in the form of 7 inch singles but also 12s and full-length album, many indie, some on small labels, and some on the major labels smart enough to get on board (essentially EMI and MCA).

Martin Popoff, author of 45 books on heavy metal (and at 7900, writer of more record reviews than anybody in history across all genres), has undertaken the task of documenting virtually every record large and wee from heavy metal’s most fabled period (beginning essentially in ‘79 with a hard stop at 1983) providing catalogue information, mini reviews as only he can do, plus a gob of thumbnails of those wonderful 7” picture sleeves and LP covers.

Note: the lion’s share of the material in Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records combines rewritten and expanded text from Martin’s long out-of-print The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Singles plus the relevant reviews of full-length albums from his Collector’s Guide series, specifically the ‘70s and ‘80s book. These reviews have also experienced judicious editing and rewrites.

Additional features:
– includes a few hundred rare 45 picture sleeve and album cover images
– every record rated out of 10
– layout designed so that albums are distinguished from 7”, 10” and 12” singles/EPs by larger, bolder typestyle
– label, year of release and catalogue number for almost every entry
– two appendices, displaying all 9’s and 10’s for singles as opposed to LPs

Final note, one thing I like about an experience like this book in the internet age, hopefully the idea is that you will read some of these glowing 8 to 10 rated reviews of hopelessly obscure singles you ain’t never going to get alerted to otherwise, and then check out if they can be heard and enjoyed on youtube (many of them can!), so you can decide for yourself, or begin some sort of whacky digital collection of this stuff to park in yer metal library. In that respect, I’m just being a DJ that instead of talking, types.
Price including shipping:
US orders: $35.00 US funds
Int’l orders (air mail): $44.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted! Direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net or just ask if you want a proper PayPal invoice. easy enuff. Book will be signed by me to YOU unless otherwise request. Gals, take note (long story).

Or… send payment to (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order):
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, covers and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books. Nice savings on shipping can be had if you take a few things, and as you know, I’m always good for swingin’ a deal for two books or more. Just email me for a quote. If ya wanna catch up, the six Ye Olde Metals are still available.

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Martin Popoff’s Ye Olde Metal: 1979

September 11th, 2013
Ye Olde Metal: 1979

Ye Olde Metal: 1979

This is the long-anticipated sixth of the series, and the follow-up to Ye Olde Metal: 1978, Ye Olde Metal: 1977, Ye Olde Metal: 1976, Ye Olde Metal: 1973 To 1975 and Ye Olde Metal: 1968 To 1972.

Like those, it’s also limited to 1,000 copies, signed by me, and it’s numbered. On the cover… Riot!

“For those not in the loop yet, what I’m doing with this is detailed examinations of classic old albums, using new interviews with guys in the bands, maybe a little available press here and there. These are write-ups that are way more exhaustive than any commercially viable (!) book would ever dare. You know me, I just love getting the stories, no matter how few of us hard rock historian types care anymore.

This one’s the best so far as I’ve gotten better – period. Better writing, more involved stories, more memorabilia shots, and again, lots of celebrated and mega-rare Rich Galbraith photos, cool old ads, 45 sleeves and other weird stuff. The book is 265 pages, BIGGEST YET, full trade 6” x 9” dimension, and stuffed with trivia folks ain’t never heard before—I guarantee it.”

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Martin Popoff releases four new “making of” eBooks!

June 14th, 2013

Acclaimed Canadian metal author and journalist Martin Popoff has released four new “making of” eBooks. Head to www.zunior.com and stick Martin Popoff name in the search or hit/paste the links below. Each are sweet ‘n’ easy pdfs with color pictures, and lotsa previously unpublished interview footage with the bands.

1) Witchfinder General – Friends Of Hell, 11 pages, 98¢.

http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-witchfinder-general-friends-of-hell

2) Mercyful Fate – Melissa, 17 pages, 98¢.

http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-mercyful-fate-melissa

3) April Wine – Harder… Faster, 14 pages, 98¢.

http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-april-wines-harder-faster

4) Triumph – Just A Game, 10 pages, 98¢.

http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-triumph-just-a-game

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